General Information: Graduation Requirements


Limited course work outside of the Independence School District can be applied toward graduation requirements.  School Board Regulation 2530 identifies specific instances for acceptable credit from correspondence courses, FuelEd, night or summer school from other districts, non-accredited schooling, waived credit for career/technology programs, competency-based credit, etc.  To receive a diploma from a high school in Independence, a student is required to successfully complete no less than a semester within the Independence School District with full participation and attendance, dependent upon circumstances.  Please see your counselor for specific details

Class of 2016-2019 Graduation Requirements

 Specific Courses Class of 2017 Class of 2018 Class of 2019                and beyond
 English/Language Arts 4 credits 4 credits 4 credits
 Social Studies* 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits
 Mathematics** 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits
 Science 3 credits 3 credits 3 credits
 Fine Arts 1 credit 1 credit 1 credit
 Practical Arts 1 credit 1 credit 1 credit
 Physical Education 1 credit 1 credit 1 credit
 Health 0.5 credits 0.5 credits 0.5 credits
 Personal Finance 0.5 credits 0.5 credits 0.5 credits
 Electives Credits 9 credits 10 credits 11.5 credits
 Total to Graduate 26 credits 27 credits 28.5 credits

Note: ISD requirements are subject to change annually with Board of Education approval.


Specific College Requirements for Admission

 Specific Courses Four Year Regional Colleges University of Missouri System
 English/Language Arts 4 credits 4 credits
 Social Studies* 3 credits 3 credits
 Mathematics** 3 credits 4 credits
 Science 3 credits 3 credits
 Fine Arts 1 credits 1 credits
 Practical Arts 1 credits 1 credits
 Physical Education 1 credits 1 credits
 Electives Credits 3 credits (from core subjects or   foreign language) 2 credits of the same foreign language


  • Students must successfully complete the state and federal constitution tests.
  • Students must successfully complete a course in personal finance or pass the state exam.
  • Check with the college of your choice to make sure you meet specific entrance requirements.

*The following is a breakdown of classes required in the Social Studies area:
 Ninth Grade—World Geography (1/2 unit) or Pre AP Geography
 Tenth Grade—World History (1 unit), AP World History (1 unit), AP European History (1 unit),
 Eleventh Grade—American History (1 unit), AP US History (1 unit)
 Twelfth Grade—American Government (1/2 unit). AP Government

**All students (2018 and beyond) must pass Probability and Statistics or AP Statistics as part of their Mathematics graduation requirement.


 To be on track as a: Class of 2016
 Senior by credits 18
 Junior by credits 12
 Sophomore by credits 5



The Board of Education recommends students attend eight semesters of high school in the regular four-year course of study in grade nine and above.  During these eight semesters, the following criteria are part of Board Policy:

  • Satisfactory completion of twenty-five (25) units of credit is required for graduation by the Board of Education.
  • Students who have completed all graduation requirements are eligible to receive a diploma during the spring graduation ceremony of that year.
  • The attendance requirement may be reduced for pupils who cannot attend due to illness.
  • Part of the minimum requirement may be earned by these students through correspondence, through approved homebound study, or other administration-approved alternative methods.
  • Students who earn two units of credit in summer school attendance may substitute it for one-half year of the four-year attendance requirement.

A student desiring to graduate after seven (7) semesters of attendance must have approval of the Board of Education. Students must submit their request in writing by November 1st.  Students should be advised that omission of the eighth semester will affect their class rank and cause them to forfeit participation in activities regulated by the Missouri State High School Activities Association under the eligibility requirements.

Additional considerations concerning graduation involving summer school, correspondence credit, transfer students, and other issues may be discussed with a counselor and be approved by the principal or his/her designee.